Microsoft Copilot Security: Gen AI to Power Cybersecurity

Microsoft has expanded the availability of its AI-powered cybersecurity assistant, Copilot for Security, using the power of generative AI (Gen AI)

Microsoft has announced Copilot for Security will be generally available from April, aiming to help security professionals better respond to cybersecurity threats.

Powered by ChatGPT and Microsoft’s security-specific language model, the chatbot aims to leverage threat intelligence data and protect at the speed and scale of AI. The tech giant explains Copilot for Security as the first generative AI (Gen AI) security product that can empower security and IT teams.

‘Security Copilot’ also lets analysts run queries through a prompt box to help with simple tasks like summarising incidents, analysing vulnerabilities and sharing information with co-workers.

Reinforcing enterprise cybersecurity postures

Copilot for Security will be available for commercial purchase on 1st April 2024 and for cybersecurity and IT professionals via pay-as-you-go. This model aims to ensure that the AI is more accessible, meaning that companies can scale the technology to suit individual needs.

Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President Vasu Jakkal adds that it also aims to “reduce the barriers of entry” to using the product.

Copilot for Security is also a pioneering security AI product as it combines a specialised language model with security-specific capabilities from Microsoft. These capabilities incorporate a set of skills informed by its unique global threat intelligence and more than 78 trillion daily security signals.

Some of the benefits to this product include the fact that it can summarise vast data signals into key insights to detect cyber threats before they cause harm. Likewise, it can work to reinforce the security posture of a business, freeing up professionals to complete other, more complex tasks.

The announcement comes during a time where AI is becoming increasingly sophisticated, meaning that so-called ‘threat actors’ are able to exploit businesses at a much faster rate. As these types of breaches become more personalised and integrated into everyday life, businesses are seeking new ways to protect their data. 

A recent study conducted by ISC2 found that 88% of respondents view AI as significantly impacting their jobs either now or in the near future. It highlights an urgent need for businesses to be better prepared to mitigate cyber risks and safeguarding.

Part of this is harnessing AI for good - something that Microsoft is very committed to. Not only has the company been seeking to better equip workers with the knowledge and skills to harness AI, it is also part of the NAIRR pilot programme formed in the United States.

This programme is designed to democratise safe access to AI and requires AI developers to share safety results with the government.


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